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Magazine Spring 2002 

orthwestern State University of Louisiana 


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Chris Maggio, '85 

Director Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 



As we prepare in the Alumni Office for our Golden Jubilee 
Celebration honoring the graduates of 1952, I've had the 
opportunity to visit with some of the honorees as they 
recollect their time at Northwestern. Suddenly, I found myself 
reflecting on my first days at NSU in 1982. 

My goal was to become a teacher/coach so my dad brought me to 
the Health and Physical Education building and introduced me to a 
silver haired gentleman named Buddy Bonnette. My dad told me 
that if I stuck with him and did as he said that I would succeed in 
the program. Those words were true. 

That day began a 20-year admiration and friendship for a great 
teacher. Coach Bonnette taught with enthusiasm and love. His 
classroom was his playing field. He approached each class session 
with the same vigor as if he were preparing for the Super Bowl. He 
awarded only As or F's in his class, as he often said "There is no 
middle ground, either you know the material or I don't want you 
teaching my kids." 

He was demanding, accepted no excuses and refused to feel sorry 
for you. He taught discipline by locking the classroom door promptly 
at 8 for an 8 o'clock class stating, "if you can't be on time how do you 
expect to teach others responsibility." He was caring, often spending 
early mornings and late nights privately tutoring students with 
their swimming strokes if they lagged behind in the class. But he 
never brought attention to his extra work. 

And oh, how his classes were difficult. I will always remember the 
day in our swimming class when he tied our hands and feet together, 
pushed us into the deep end of the swimming pool and told us to 
"swim" to the shallow end. As fear and panic crept into my mind, I 
remained calm knowing that he was there watching over me. 

On January 4, 2002, Coach Bonnette passed way after a valiant 
struggle against cancer. On the same day, my wife and I gave birth 
to our third child, Emily Grace. It is my hope that I instill in her 
some of the same virtues that Coach Bonnette taught me and, if so, 
she will be a better person for it. Coach Bonnette, you are greatly 
missed... Ill 

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President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, Miss. 1986 

Vice President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Secretary-Treasurer Jimmy Williams 

Winnfield, 1993 

Executive Director Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985, 1991 


Dane Broussard Houston, Texas, 1986 

Jerry Brungart ... Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 

Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. .... Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

F. Allen Horton Jr. ... New Iberia, 1957,1962 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas, 1989 

Carlos Jones Ruston, 1995 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas, 1970 

David Morgan Austin, Texas, 1973 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 


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SGA President 

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Alumni authors bjing'iijs- / ^li 
past and preseq ;, thrclugh tj 


les of the world, 
itten word. 

Sandra Prud'homme Haynie *87 

One of the best ways to see the world through someone else's eyes is through their writing. 
Featured are five of the many Northwestern alumni who have written and illustrated a variety 
of books to help people of all ages see what life is like outside their own space and time. 

Sandra Prud'homme Haynie, a descendent of the Creole founders of Oakland 
Plantation and a 1987 graduate of NSU, wrote the book "Legends of Oakland 
Plantation" which covers the plantation's history. Oakland is one of only two 
plantations west of the Mississippi River to be farmed by the same family for 200 years. 
The book tells stories about the people, enslaved and free, with whom the family shared 
their lives for 10 generations. 

Haynie was raised on Oakland Plantation, which was sold to the Cane River Creole 
National Historic Park in 1997. Later when she went back to the house, she noticed that 
it seemed empty, even though people were taking tours. 

"I spoke to the director and we thought it would be nice to have a book," said Haynie. 
Haynie's first interest in keeping a memorial to her family's plantation prompted her 
to begin a scrapbook of heritage. After showing the Cane River Creole Center director 
what she had collected," she literally would not let me have it back," said Haynie. 
The scrapbook that began as a family heirloom turned into a published book. 
"I decided to just write a book," said Haynie. "It's not just about the family, but 
includes other important people on the plantation like the blacksmith, doctor and all 
the people who went along with it. 

"I felt like I was possessed to finished it. Then I got an aunt to edit it and finally 
I self-published it," she said. 

Of all the people included in the book, Haynie is fascinated most by the 
casquette girl, Catherine Picard Prud'homme, who at the age of 14, decided to 
get on a boat to the Louisiana territory to become the wife of the French 
frontiersman Jean Pierre Philippe Prud'homme. 

"She is the person who most intrigued me because she was so young," she said. 
After graduating from Northwestern in 1987 with a degree in nursing, 
Haynie decided to change career fields and graduated from law school in 
1992. She works for Roundtree, Cox, Guin and Achee law firm. Her training 
in nursing is not wasted, however. According to Haynie, she uses both her 
nursing and law degrees to represent health care professionals. She is married and 
has two sons, one of whom graduated from Northwestern in 1998. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 1 

Campus News 


Bonnie Richardson Murphy '62 and Shelley 

f you are looking for the perfect book for a young child, two sibling Northwestern 
graduates wrote and illustrated the playful book, "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?" 
Bonnie Richardson Murphy, a 1962 NSU graduate, wrote the book and her brother, 
Shelley Richardson, also a 1962 graduate, provided the illustrations. 

Playtime with her grandson, Ben, inspired Murphy to write the colorful 

"While we were playing with a toy tractor, I would put different farm 
animals into the driver's seat, asking if they could drive the tractor," said 
Murphy. "He would say, 'No!' I had two grandchildren, and I wrote the book 
for them. 

"I started in elementary education, and I have always been interested in 
children's books," she said. 

After Murphy penned the words, there was just one thing left to finish, the 
illustrations. That's when she solicited the help of her brother. 

"I'm not an artist," said Richardson. "It was through trial and error that I 
illustrated it. I know kids like animated people and characters, so I thought 
about how I could get personality into this tractor. For kids who can't read the 
words I wanted enough depth to keep them interested." 

After graduating from Northwestern, Murphy married a 1964 graduate, 
Steve Murphy. She taught elementary school before moving to Mississippi. She has 
three children, one of whom graduated from Northwestern, and four 

Richardson went into the service after graduating from college. Then he 
attended the seminary in Fort Worth. He became the Baptist Student Union 
campus minister at Tennessee Tech University and later served as the assistant 
state director of the Baptist Student Union. Before retiring in 1997, he went 
into community education as a liaison between schools and the community. 

About the cover... 

Lisa Bostick, reads "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?" to her first grade students 
at the NSU Elementary Lab School. Enjoying the reading are Matt Hokky, son of 
Steve and Lisa Hokky; Cain Hamous, son of Juddy and Star ('99 ) Hamous; Kaitlynn 
Bedgood, daughter of Sam and Melanie Bedgood COD; Emilie King, daughter of 
David and Dawn King; Ashley Hawkins, daughter of Mike C79) and Jackie ('79) 
Hawkins; Jaelah Hoover, daughter of Katrina Hoover C97); Ebo Pratt-Panford, 
son of Dr. Comfort Pratt-Panford; Gavin Colavito, son of Dr. Joseph and Katia 
Colavito and Joe McClung, son of Philip ('81) and Melinda ('81) McClung. 

Bostick, a 1982 and 1987 graduate of NSU, has been teaching for 20 years. She 
is married to 1978 alumnus Wayne Bostick. They have two children, Lindsey and 
David, a NSU freshman. 

Denise Patrick Lewis, a 1977 graduate and accomplished writer, has 
published many books for children and adolescents. The inspiration for 
her series about the character Midnight Son, came to her when her son 
was watching western movies. 

"Midnight Son came along because my son was asking about black cowboys," 
said Lewis. "We went straight to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black 
Culture in Manhattan where there is a ton of information, including personal 

In the first book of the series, "The Adventures of Midnight Son," the main 
character is born as a slave on a plantation. When he becomes a teenager, his parents 
helped him escape to Mexico, where he took part in a hacienda, and learned about 
ranching. In the second book, "The Longest Ride," the Civil War has ended and 
Midnight Son has decided to go back to Texas to find some of the members of his family. 

Lewis went to New York soon after graduating from NSU with a degree in 
journalism. She has written books for children of all ages, including biographies of 
Martin Luther King Jr. and John and Abigail Adams. One of her most acclaimed picture 
books is entitled "The Red Dancing Shoes." 

Lewis has been married for 18 years. She lives on Staten Island with her husband and four sons 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 2 

Campus News 

Books OC^ Authors 

Willaim Myers '69 


A nyone interested in military history would enjoy "Honor the Warrior" by Willaim 
/ \ Myers, a 1969 graduate. 
JL JL"l was a U.S. Marine and spent four years in the Marine Corps, 
Myers. "I am fascinated by marines and their psyche." 

Myers did not fight in the Vietnam War, but became interested 
in compiling a metals list. In the process he found stories to 
include with the list and decided that they should be documented 
in a book. 

"It's not an anti-war book on the surface," said Myers. "I wanted 
people to see what a fantastic job those kids did under the 
circumstances they were in." 

Myers is now working on a second book about marines in the 
Korean War. 

"It is similar to the first book," said Myers. "This one required me to 
go to Washington, D.C. and conduct some oral interviews." 

Myers became a high school football coach in Opelousas and Sunset 
for 29 years until his retirement in 1999. Since then he has built his 
own house and written. He has two children and three grandchildren. 

"Honor the Warrior", "Can a Rooster Drive a Tractor?" and the Midnight Son series are available 
at and If you would like to purchase a copy of "Legends of 
Oakland Plantation," you can contact Haynie at (318) 227-9200 or via e-mail, 
They are also available at several merchants in the northwest Louisiana region. Ill 

New book lets theatre 
faculty member share 
love of Shakespeare 

uring his career as an actor and teacher 
Dr. Jack Wann has criss-crossed the 
country sharing his love of Shakespeare. 
Wann is hoping to spread his enthusiasm to a 
wider audience through a new book published by the 
Northwestern State University Press. 
The book, "Shakesperience!: An Approach to Performing Shakespeare," 
uses Wann's experience as an actor, director and teacher to help make the 
playwright's work more accessible. 

"Having taught Shakespeare during most of my career as a teacher, I 
believe Shakespeare is the best our language has to offer," said Wann, 
who has been at NSU since 1989. "Shakespeare is something I feel I am 
an expert in. If you are a musician, you study Mozart. An artist might 
study Rembrandt. An actor should study Shakespeare. There is no 
greater voice than Shakespeare." 

Wann set out to write a book that "wasn't ponderous at all" and that 
would help anyone read or play Shakespeare better. 

"I put some of my experiences down on paper and have written it in a 

casual enough style that it should 
appeal to someone embarking on 
their first experience with 
Shakespeare," said Wann. "This 
book would be appropriate for a 
good high school student, a college 
student or someone active in 
community or professional theatre." 

Before coming to NSU, Wann 
was on the faculty at Northern 
Kentucky University. He is a 30- 
year member of Actors Equity and 
has directed, stage managed or 
performed in more than 300 plays 
in his professional and acting 

The book is available by writing 
to Shakesperience/Wann, P.O. Box 
602, Natchitoches, LA 71458, by 
calling (318) 352-1653 or e-mailing 
wannj shakesperience@y ahoo. com . 


Alumni Columns Spring 2002/ 3 

Campus News 

here are 
miles on the 
road between 
the idea of a 
and getting it 
on bookstore 

I shelves. Three 

Pte NSU alumni 

| • ^ help education 

agencies and 
travel that 
road smoothly. 
Mann ('75 & 
'84), Beth 

McPherson Mann ('75) and Susie Storie C86) (above) work as a 
printing team at the Louisiana Technical College Printing Services 
in Natchitoches. Each work on a different stage in the printing 

Charlie Mann is the general manager of the printing service. He 
worked his way up the ladder from being a printing press operator. 
He handles and approves orders, prices them and ensures the office 
has adequate supplies. 

Beth Mann is the graphic designer. She helps their clients piece 
together their ideas onto paper. 

Storie is a graphic technician. After Beth Mann is finished with 
her designs, Storie readies the art for press. 

The group is currently working on a book being published 
through the NSU Press. "American Cemetery," written by Payne 
Williams, is a genealogical list celebrating the lives of those buried 
in the oldest cemetery in the Louisiana Purchase. It is located on 
the second Fort St. Jean Baptiste site, in downtown Natchitoches. 
Noted alumni and contributors of Northwestern in the book 
include Carmelite "Cammie" Garnett Henry, Judge Henry Adams 
Billiard, Dr. Mildred "Dede" Bailey, Leopole Caspari and Beverly C. 

For more information, contact 
the Alumni Center at (318) 357- 
4414 or (888) 799-6486 with the 
information, or by e-mail at 

Class of 1952 
Golden Jubilee Planned 

Fifty years after graduating from Northwestern, the Class of 1952 will 
gather at their alma mater to reminisce about the good times and good 
friendships bonded during their college career. They are getting ready to 
reunite with old friends and classmates for the Golden Jubilee to 
commemorate the 50-year mark of receiving their diploma. 

Natchitoches alumni cannot wait to share the different environment of 
the school with their former classmates. 

"The school has changed, but the friendliness is still there," said Nelwyn 
Boydstun Poole. "The people are all still connected to each other through 
their connection to Northwestern." 

"There have been so many changes," said Firal Ryder. It would be eye- 
opening for anyone to come and look." 

Like many alumni, Dollie Smith Petrus looks forward to seeing old friends. 

"There were 1600 people on campus when I was in school. "I am looking 
forward to seeing the people who graduated with me." 

The Golden Jubilee Celebration is held in conjunction with Northwestern 
State University's spring commencement exercises on May 10. 

Members of the class will enjoy lunch and a bus tour of the city and before 
the 3 p.m. commence exercises where each member of the class of 1952 will 
again make the commencement walk to receive their 50-year diplomas. 

On Saturday, members of the Class of 1952 will be inducted in the "50- 
Plus Club", as part of the group's annual luncheon. The luncheon will be 
held in the Friedman Student Union ballroom. 

Northwestern 's Alumni Association 
is looking to update the addresses 
for several member of the Class of 
1952. Any alumnus who knows the 
contact information of anyone 
appearing on the list below should 
contact the Alumni Center at (318) 
357-4414 or (888) 799-6486 with the 
information, or by e-mail at 

Adams, Laurie 

Allen, Glynn 

Arnolie, Bernice Frederick 

Bentley, Ralph Waldo Jr. 

Boutte, Marie Antionette 

Bray, Edlo 

Burchfield, Lucille 

Caldwell, Jasper D. 

Campbell, Emma Brown 

Cherry, Katherine, Beard 

Courtney, Kirkland Davis 

Crump, Patricia Elaine 

Delehant, William J. 

Dells, Eugene L. 

Dodd, Lillard Thelbert 

Durham, Carlton M. 

Eason, Patsy Jean 

Fisher, Ruth J. 

Garlington, Artie 

Grice, Eunice Dorman 

Griffin, Julia F. 

Haynes, John Willis 

Ingles, Eunice Genevieve Eden 

Johnson, Charles Leonard 

Jones, Francis A. Jr. 

Jones, Goldie French 

Jones, Roberta Durr 

Jordan, Porter M. 

Koch, David Gentry 

LaFleur, Katherine Thorp 

Leach, Oscar Cecil 

Lee, Ivy Rigdon 
Luther, Edna Ruth 

Lyle, John E. 

Martin, Guinevere 

Massey, Lillian A. 

Mayeaux, Edwina Smith 

McElveen, Ella Mae 

Moore, Jack Derrell 

Norsworthy, Ruby Arlene 

Owens, Fannie 

Pannell, Harry I. 

Prestridge, Hamilton B. 

Rainey, Barbara West 

Rains, Willis A. 

Ricks, Julian E. 

Schelette, Eunive 

Scott, Edna Lucky 

Slayter, Frances Margaret 

Smith, Ellis George 

Speir, Janice L. 

Sykes, Harold Albertt 

Thompson, Helen Claire 

Vines, Annie L. 

Walker, Robert Alvis 

Wamsley, Wayne Dewitt 

Wasson, Gladys Katherine 

Waters, Ruth Conerly 

Weeks, Jacqueline Dowden 

Whitten, Nell 

Williams, Ceil Hart 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 4 

Campus News 

Dollar helping preserve stories 
about former U. S. president 

Northwestern alumnus Susan Dollar (second from left) is among a group of historians and 
political scientists working on the Clinton History Project at the University of Arkansas. Shown 
(from left) are Dr. Bill Schreckhise of the University of Arkansas, Dollar, former president Bill 
Clinton, Dr. Janine Perry, Dr. Trish Starks and Dr. Micheal Pearce of the University of Arkansas. 
Dollar is a doctoral student in history at Arkansas. 

Susan Dollar is working to see that important living memories don't 
fade away. Dollar, a Northwestern alumnus and former faculty mem- 
ber, is part of a team working on a major history project involving former 
President Bill Clinton. 

Dollar is a doctoral student in history at the University of Arkansas. 
She earned a bachelor's degree in history at NSU in 1983 and a master's 
in history in 1994. The Clinton History Project is being done by the 
Arkansas Center for Oral and Visual History along with the Miller Center 
of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. 

The Arkansas Center is covering the years before and after Clinton's 
presidency. Dollar is helping organize some of the 400 interviews being 
done with individuals familiar with Clinton. She is overseeing the copying 
of interview tapes and editing the transcripts of interviews. 

The results of the project will be turned over to the Clinton Presidential 
Library in Little Rock for use by researchers examining the life and career 
of the 42nd president. Similar projects were done on former presidents 
Truman, Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Carter and George H. W. Bush. 

"I had a great deal of experience with oral history from my time at 
Northwestern," said Dollar. "I am thankful for the opportunities I had at 
Northwestern. It is one thing to sit in class and take notes and another to 
roll up your sleeves and do it." 

Dollar worked on several grants carried out through a cooperative 
agreement between NSU and the National Park Service. The agreement 
involved interpretive plans for the newly created Cane River Creole 
National Historic Park and Heritage Area. That work included an oral 
and documentary historical study of Oakland Plantation and oral histo- 
ries done in the Creole and African-American communities. She also 
helped the Louisiana National Guard develop a cultural resources man- 
agement plan that included an oral history on the role of Camp 
Beauregard in the Louisiana Maneuvers just before World War II. 

She is the author of "The Freedmen's Bureau Schools of Natchitoches 
Parish, 1865-1868," published by the NSU Press. 

"As a scholar, I am concerned with how overlooked oral history is as 
documentation used in research," said Dollar. "It is important to talk to 
people who were there as events happened and gather stories that may 
not have been done otherwise." 

"When you visit someone with a memory of a certain time period, you 
ask for an impression, for memories. People will open up and you get 
stories from an interview that you would not get from documents." 

Dollar has also been involved with a project on the final days of the 
Arkansas Gazette which was the newspaper of record in Arkansas. The 
project was directed by Roy Reed, a former New York Times reporter who 
is professor emeritus of journalism at Arkansas. Ill 

Scholarships to 
honor two 
former faculty 

Alumni and friends of North- 
western can make donations to 
the NSU Foundation to honor two 
former Northwestern faculty 
members who died in January. 

Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr. died Jan. 
2 in Baton Rouge. Bonnette died 
Jan. 4 in Natchitoches. 

Aby joined NSU's faculty as a 
professor of finance in 1992 and 
was dean of business from 1998 
until his retirement in 2001. He 
served as the Noble B. Morrison 
Professor of Applied Business at 
Northwestern and was the recipi- 
ent of the NSU Alumni 
Association's Outstanding 
Teacher's Award. 

A scholarship was set up in Aby's 
memory at the NSU Foundation. 
Donations can be sent to Penny 
O'Bryan, College of Business, 
Northwestern State University, 
Russell Hall, Room 201E, 
Natchitoches, LA 71497. Checks 
should be made payable to the NSU 
Foundation with a reference to the 
Dr. Carroll D. Aby Jr. Scholarship. 
For more information, call (318) 
357-5162 or email 

Bonnette was a full-time faculty 
member in the Department of 
Health and Physical Education from 
1963 until 1986. After retiring as a 
full-time faculty member, he contin- 
ued to teach water safety classes 
part-time for 12 more years. Last 
year, he was named to the NSU Hall 
of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. 
Bonnette was given the title of 
"professor emeritus" in 1995. 

Many of Bonnette 's former 
students established The Dr. A.R. 
"Buddy" Bonnette Endowed Schol- 
arship in his honor several years 
ago to benefit students in the 
Department of Health and Human 
Performance. For more information 
or to contribute to the Bonnette 
Scholarship, contact the NSU 
Foundation at (318) 357-4414. Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 5 

Campus News 

Steeg to lead NSU Foundation 


Pledge creates flfSt en( iowed chair 

The Northwestern State University Foundation has received a pledge to 
create NSU's first $1,000,000 endowed chair. The pledge was made by 
a private foundation that does not wish to be named. 

Once $400,000 is received, the NSU Foundation will receive $600,000 in 
matching funds from the Board of Regents Support Fund. 

Interest from the endowment will be used to attract or retain a nation- 
ally recognized scholar in the field of educational technology, one of the 
university's designated Areas of Excellence. 

Northwestern President Dr. Randall J. Webb credited Melba L. Steeg, 
president of the NSU Foundation, with playing a major role in obtaining 
the pledge. 

"This donation is a major event 
for Northwestern and the College of 
Education," said Webb. "It is appro- 
priate that the first endowed chair 
be created in the College of Educa- 
tion considering Northwestern's 
long history of preparing teachers. 
In order for the university to con- 
tinue improving its academic pro- 
grams, it is critical that we continue 
to attract the best available faculty. 
This gift will help us do that." 

Northwestern was founded in 
1884 as the State Normal School 
with a mission of preparing teach- 
ers. The College of Education at 
NSU is accredited by the National 
Council for Accreditation of Teacher 
Education (NCATE) and has pro- 
duced many of the top educators in 
the South. 

Over the past decade, the College 
of Education has taken a leadership 
role in developing and implement- 
ing technology in the classroom. 
NSU's master's program in educa- 
tional technology is one of the 
region's most innovative. 

"This will take the College of 
Education to the next level and 
place us alongside major institu- 
tions," said NSU Dean of Education 
Dr. John Tollett. "We will seek to 
recruit a nationally recognized ex- 
pert in the field of educational technology. This will enable us to attract a 
faculty member that we may not have been able to recruit otherwise." 

Currently, NSU has 20 endowed professorships worth $100,000 each 
spread throughout the university. 

"There is a great deal of prestige in academic circles associated with hold- 
ing an endowed chair," said Tollett. "The expert we recruit will be able to 
validate what we are doing in the field of educational technology. They will 
also facilitate the learning of technology throughout our service region." 

Tollett said the holder of the endowed chair will share their expertise 
with students and will also be active in national educational circles. 

Webb said the NSU Foundation is working to attract additional private 
funds to the university to be used for additional endowed chairs and profes- 
sorships as well as scholarships. Ill 

elba L. Steeg of New 
Orleans has been selected 
as president of the NSU 

The Northwestern State 
University Foundation is a non- 
profit corporation responsible for 
assisting areas of the university 
not supported by state dollars. It 
was established to serve NSU, its 
students and faculty by raising 
funds for endowed scholarships, 
professorships and chairs. 

Steeg, an education graduate of 
Northwestern, has been an active 
supporter of the university and 
has served on the Foundation 
Board. In 1994, she was named to 
the NSU Hall of Distinction, the 
Long Purple Line. Steeg was 
named to the NSU College of 
Business Hall of Distinction in 

She is president of Investing 
and Developing, Inc., a 
commercial and residential real 
estate developing and financing 

Normal graduates 
become centenarians 

Two NSU alumni who graduated 
nearly 80 years ago have marked a 
major milestone in their lives. Adele 
Erwin Byrd and Mary Braddock 
Metzger celebrated their 100 th 
birthdays this year. 

Byrd was born near Starkville, Miss. 
on January 20, 1902. She graduated 
from Louisiana Normal College on May 
29, 1922 and went on to teach in Flora 
and Kilbourne from 1922-1924. 


Adele Erwin Byrd is pictured on the left as a Normal 
student in 1922, and appears on the right celebrating 
her 100th birthay. 

Byrd then became a homemaker and 
now has a large family including two 
daughters, seven grandchildren, 11 
great grandchildren and six great-great 
grandchildren. She lives with her 
daughter in Longview, Texas. 

Byrd celebrated her 100 th birthday 
with an open house at her church. 

Metzger celebra- 
ted her 100 th birth- 
day on January 31 
with a reception at 
the First Presby- 
terian Church in 
Lake Charles. 

Metzger is orig- 
inally from Grayson. 

Mary Braddock Metzger After graduated from 
celebrated her 100 lh _ . . _ T . 

birthday this year. Louisiana Normal, 

she worked toward 
her master's degree at Peabody College 
and Columbia University. She taught 
home economics and nutrition in 
DeQuincy, Cinton and Jennings. 

She was also active in the Lake 
Charles Memorial Hospital Auxiliary 
and the Leaf and Petal Garden Club. 
In January 1970, Metzger became the 
first woman elder at First Presbyterian 
Church. She served as a deacon as well 
as a member of the Women's Circle. Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 6 

Campus News. 

Northwestern State 


New Demon 
football coach 
excited about 
getting his 
dream job 

A tremendous groundswell 
of support erupted in 
early January when Scott 
Stoker was named head 
football coach at 
Northwestern. The 
passionate 33-year-old was a 
record-setting quarterback 
for the Demons from 1986-89, 
helping NSU win the 1988 
Southland Conference championship for Coach Sam Goodwin. After 
his playing days ended, he worked on Goodwin's coaching staff for 
four years, then joined the McNeese State staff and helped the 
Cowboys make six playoff appearances in eight seasons. 

Stoker's burning passion for Northwestern and for coaching 
football enthralled a crowd of nearly 200 supporters in the Steve 
and Lori Stroud Room of the athletic fieldhouse when NSU 
President Dr. Randall Webb and director of athletics Greg Burke 
introduced him to the media on Jan. 8. Since then, the new coach 
has burned plenty of midnight oil. Finally, four weeks after 
arriving, he had time to begin his day with an old favorite, a stop 
by Shipley's Donuts just down Second Street from the house he 
lived in after his playing days ended. That afternoon, he was able 
to sit down for this interview: 

Q. Who is Scott Stoker? 

"A guy who's been very fortunate in his life. He's made a lot of 
breaks for himself, no question about it, but a lot of people have 
helped me get to this point. You don't get anywhere in this world 
without someone's help. Coach (Sam) Goodwin, outside of my 
parents, comes first to mind for giving me an opportunity to play 
here, and then an opportunity to coach here. Then I was very 
fortunate to have the opportunity to move to another major 
program in Division I-AA football, where I got to coach a lot of 
different positions, and that ultimately gave me the chance to 
come back home and take this job." 

Q. As you returned to NSU, you knew the territory — and 
plenty of the athletic staff as well. Talk about seeing all 
the familiar faces. 

"That's what has made this transition so much easier than 
normal. I didn't have to learn many names and faces. (Baseball 
coach) Mitch Gaspard and I left at the same time and now we're 
back at the same time. We're kind of a package deal, I guess. It's 

great to have Donnie Cox, a coach I played 
for and worked with, and Ed Evans, who 
carried me off the field so many times. I 
know how good they are. Then there's Leon 
Johnson, who's just rock solid. He's as much 
a part of the football program as he is the 
track and field program, because we have 
so many of our guys who are his guys too. 
Always have. I hope I'm considered as 
much a part of the track program as I am 
the football program. James Smith has been 
here since I stepped on campus. Coach (Mike) 
McConathy hasn't been here that long, but 
you look at what he's accomplished and meet 
the man and you see why it's happened. Greg 
Burke was the athletic fundraiser when I 
played here, and all of us knew then how 
much he cared and how hard he worked. 
That hasn't changed one iota. These are 
people you can hang your hat on. I can call 
these guys and ask them questions, no 
matter how stupid the questions may seem, 
and I know there are no hidden agendas in 
what I'm going to be told. 

We all pull for each other, we all pull for 
Northwestern. It's bigger than any one 
coach or any one program. These 
relationships are a huge benefit to me as a 
young coach. I'd be a fool not to rely on 
their help and advice." 

Q. Do you have a message for your 
fellow Northwestern alumni? 

"Alumni are going to have a huge say-so 
in our program. If we're going to get to the 
national championship level, we've got to 
have their support — not necessarily with 
their wallets, just with their hearts, at 
least. We all need to support our university 
any way we can, if in no other way than to 
have pride in NSU. Whether they competed 
in athletics or were in the band, the 
theatre, a fraternity or sorority, or the BSU, 
or they just went to school and got their 
degrees, I hope they're excited having one 
of their own as the head football coach. I 
know I feel an obligation to all of them to 
make them very proud of their football 
team. But however we do it, we all have to 
support Northwestern. I know I used to get 
kidded at McNeese because the Alumni 
Columns came to my office, and when I got 
it, I sat and read it cover to cover. I'd spot 
somebody's name I knew, and that was 
great to see. 

I left that magazine on my desk. I was 
proud of my school and I still am. 

Like I said, I bleed purple." Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 7 

Campus News 

mt '% m\ 

Looking Back±)£3 gniiooJ 

Northwestern State University's 
yearbook, the Potpourri has 

Picture from the title page of the 1943 yearbook. 

provided opportunities for leadership 
since its inception in 1909. Many 
editors, photographers and writers 
have continued using their skills 
learned while working on the yearbook 
in their chosen career fields. 

E.P Dobson, Jr., the editor of the 1943 Potpourri, obtained a 
second degree in architecture after graduating from NSU in 1947. 
He then lived in Houston for a while and came back to Natchitoches 
to work on several projects including Williamson Hall, Russell Hall, 
and apartments located on Chaplin Lake. He worked on the 
construction of Prather Coliseum. Dobson also designed several 
hotels in Louisiana and Texas before his retirement in 1965. 

Dobson now lives in the small community of Sun City West, Ariz., 
but still has a residence on Black Lake. He volunteers for the Sun 
City West Foundation. 

Curtis Guillet, the 1943 Potporri photographer, has been a 
photographer in Natchitoches since he left Northwestern in 1947. 
He continued to work with the Potpourri yearbook for several years. 
His work has been featured in "Cane River Cuisine" and "Cane River 
Living" cookbooks as well as sports and field magazines. Guillet 
has his own studio and also freelances. He continues his education 
today by attending art classes at NSU. 

The two people featured on the title page, shown above, of the 
1943 Potpourri are G.F. "Sonny" Thomas, vice-president of the 
student body and Mary Jean Swift Thomas, senior class secretary, 
both 1943 graduates. Sonny Thomas practiced law from 1948 until 
his retirement in the early 90's. He is a member of the Louisiana 
Trial Lawyers Association, the American College of Trial Lawyers, 
International College of Trial lawyers and the Louisiana and 
American Bar Associations. 

Mary Jean Thomas has been a homemaker. She and Sonny 
Thomas had seven children, three of which are NSU graduates. 
She is the past president of both the Natchitoches Service League 
and the Natchitoches/NSU Symphony Society. She writes a column 
for the Natchitoches Times, which is also titled "Looking Back." Ill 

Guess Who ? 

Can you guess the names of these 1952 
graduates shown in the picture? If so, 
please contact the Office of Alumni Affairs 
at (318) 357-4414 or (888) 799-6486. The 
first five people to call with the correct 
answers will win a prize! 

1956 Demon Tennis 

Good job to Linden Claybrook C56) of Baton Rouge, 
Willard Booty ('57) of DeQuincy, Peggy Guess C59) 
of Natchitoches and O'Deal Pharris of Shreveport 
who guessed that the 1956 Demon tennis team 
members are (front) Bill Chamberlain, Willard 
Rachal, Wade Parsons, (back) Jerry May, Delbert 
Vines, "Monk" Calendar and Coach Jack Fisher. 

Northwestern State's Demon tennis team 
began in 1956. With only a few racquets 
and tennis shoes provided by their overseer 
and coach, Jack Fisher, they prepared for 

According to Delbert Vines, a former player, 
the university assisted in providing practice 
balls, however there were no scholarships 
available. The team had to manage on a shoe 
string budget during the entire season. 
Luckily, team member Wayne Reid's father, 
J.G. Reid and Concrete Construction, designed 
the original courts for practicing. 

The team traveled by station wagon and 
individual cars to compete in numerous 
tournaments at Louisiana Tech, Centenary, 
McNeese, and Southwestern. During the 
season, they defeated nearly all the schools 
in Louisiana. 

We were able to catch up with a few of the 
players who now look back on Demon tennis 
knowing they were among the first men to 
represent Northwestern State in tennis. 

William Parsons lives in Bullard, Texas 
where he has retired after 30 years with 
Amoco Product Company as a district 
manager. He is a chairman at Emerald Bay 
Community Church. 

Willard Rachal resides in Mooringsport 
and has retired. He now is active in the 
Mooringsport Baptist Church where he 
teaches children. 

Wayne Reid lives in Bossier and is an 
electric contractor in Shreveport, Bossier 
and the surrounding areas. 

Vines resides in Calhoun. He coached four 
winning tennis teams before serving as Dean 
of Business at Northeast Louisiana 
University, now known as the University of 
Louisiana at Monroe. From 1976 to his 
retirement in 1991 he served as university 
president. Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 8 

Alumni Events 

Basketball Reunion 

Larry Skinner ('61 & 68), Dan Poole C52), 
Dr. Bob Pender ('55) and Frank Lampkin 
C48) were among the over 150 former 
basketball players who attended the 
Basketball Homecoming in February. 

NSU's all-time leader in average points-per-game, Vernon Wilson, had his 
jersey retired during this year's Basketball Homecoming. 

Charles "Red" Thomas, NSU's first Ail-American basketball player, had 
his jersey retired during Basketball Homecoming. 

John McConathy, a record setting Demon Basketball player, poses by 
his retired jersey. 

Don Ashworth ('70), Randy Veuleman 
('72) and Venton Coburn ('59) enjoy the 
programming at the 3rd annual 
Basketball Homecoming. 

Dudley Fulton C35) and Ocie Richie 
C47) enjoyed being updated on the 
success of NSU Demon basketball 
at the Basketball Homecoming. 

Donna Crawford Shield C71) and 
Jackie Smith ('71 & 73) visit with 
each other at the 3rd annual 
Basketball Homecoming. 

NSU faculty member Darilyn Manring, Kay 
Hubbard, alumnus Dwaine Hubbard ('78) 
and NSU Director of Choral Activities Dr. 
Burt Allen visit at the reception held in 
conjunction with the Texas Music Educators 
Association conference in SanAntonio. 

San Antonio 

Michael ('95) and Victoria 
Simoneaux attended the 
alumni reception in San 

Former and current NSU music 
students reunited at the reception 
held in conjunction with the Texas 
Music Educators Association 
conference in San Antonio. They are 
NSU student Heather Whorton, 
Jimmy Butler ('96), Rachel Thomas, 
Gavin Vitter ('96), Adam Bird ('94), 
Tamesa McClellan and Chris Conway 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 9 

Alumni Events 

^n if 

Dan ('57) and Lilly Chase, along with their 
daughter Marty, enjoyed visiting with other 
Baton Rouge alumni during a reception at Mike 
Anderson's Restaurant. 

Gayle Hatch was recognized for his 
contributions to Northwestern and the 
community by receiving the honor of the Nth 
Degree from Dr. Randall Webb during the 
reception in Baton Rouge. 


Tony Gustwick, director of institutional 
advancement and Lela Mae Lea Wilkes ('68 ) 
had a chance to visit during a reception for 
the Baton Rouge area College of Business 

Corrie Lea Leatherman Enright 
C41) and Lola McGinnis, former 
roommates at NSU visited with 
each other at the Baton Rouge 
alumni gathering. 

Virginia Dixon Monceret COD, A.J. Kennedy ('98), 
Camille Nunez COD and Lauren Brown Kennedy 
C98) catch up during the Baton Rouge alumni 
gathering at Mike Anderson's Restaurant. 

Robert C69) and Sherry Capps 
C70) Cannon were among the 
Baton Rouge alumni to attend 
the reception at Mike 
Anderson's Restaurant. 


Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 10 

Class Notes/Profiles 

All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri. 

1925 1964 

Wayne Edward Summers is retired and lives in 

Marie E. Toups retired as a principal from District 7 
in 1965. She lives in Lockport. 


Kathryn Gates Duett is retired and lives in Oakdale. 


Marion Frances See Harris lives in Franklin. 


Hattie Louise Bennett Peacock is a retired teacher 

and lives in Hammond. 


Irma Rita Mayeux Bryan is retired and lives in La 

Habra, Calif. 


Betsy Nina Smith Morris lives in Green Bay, Wis. 


Donna E. Wilson Stevens is a retired nurse 

anesthetist residing in Hattiesburg, Miss. 


John Gremillion is married. He and his wife live in 

Roswell, N.M. 


Ida Annie Torrans retired from LS U-Shreveport as a 

professor in the communications department. 


Ann Louise Fitzpatrick Graham retired from the 
Caddo Parish School Board as the nursing 
supervisor. She is married and lives in Bossier City. 

Mickey Margaret Hansen Walker is 
employed with the Grant Parish School 
Board as a teacher. 

1957 ^ Jj^ 

Hester Irene Brown is a retired public 
relations writer. She is currently a playwright writer 
and actor. She resides in New York City. 


Jerry H. Roy is retired from Traveler Ins. Company 
as a manager. He is married and lives in San 
Antonio, Texas. 

Betty Orgeron Holley is a retired schoolteacher. She is 
currently a state external assessor and summer adult 
art instructor. She is married and lives in Belle Chasse. 

New Orleans. 



Lynn Corbell Lowry is retired from the Memphis 
City schools. She lives in Cordova, Tenn. 


John R. Ramsey is vice president of 

retail operations at Tesoro Refining, 

Mktg. & Supply Co. in Auburn, Wash. 

He is married to Patricia Nolan Ramsey 


Harriet Elaine Koetter Bridges is 
employed with LSU Cooperative 
Extension Services as an extension 
agent. She is married and lives in Lake 


Judy Dianne Veuleman Manasco is the 
administrator at Integrated Health 
Services of Many. She is married and has 
five children. 


Carolyn Flanagan Talton retired from Louisiana 
Tech University as a Professor Emeritus in June 
2001. She is married to Billy Jack Talton (72). 
They have two children and live in Dubach. 

Martha Jarvis Smith is a caseworker at Kemmerer 
Village in Assumption, 111. She is also a secretary 
at Stonington Baptist Church. 


Susan Ehlers Duhon is an English and debate 
teacher at T.H. Rogers School in Houston. She has 
two children and lives in Katy, Texas. 


Billy Jack Talton retired from Louisiana Tech 
University as Professor Emeritus in May 2001. 
is married to Carolyn Flanagan Talton ('72). 


Marilyn Paulette Dufrene Brantley is a record 
coordinator for the school of nursing at 
Mississippi College. She is married and 
has one child. They live in Clinton, 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 11 

Class Notes/ Profiles 

All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri. 

Bessie Louise Brock Barrick is a senior 
communications specialist at AFLAC in 
Columbus, Ga. She is married and has 
two children. She resides in Phenix City, 

Henry Hank Jefferson Atwood retired 
from the U.S. Army as a colonel on June 
1, 2000. He is currently working as a 
senior engineer with the Navigator 
Development Corporation in Huntsville, 


Marsha Adams Cunningham works for the Garland 
Independent School District as a fourth grade 
English and language arts teacher. She is married, 
has three children and lives in Rowlett, Texas. 

Callie Jean Freeman Barnard is employed by 
Medquist in Metairie as a medical transcriptionist. 
She is married and lives in Pleasant Hill. They have 
three children. 


Marsha Ann Knight Lohmeyer is the owner of 
Adventures in Learning. She is married and has 
four children. They live in Tyler, Texas. 

Jane D. Hammers is a lawyer. She lives in Guffey, 

Deborah Ann Whitney Cloud is a social 
services analyst supervisor for the state of 
Louisiana. She is married and lives in 


Gary D. Lehr works as a chief financial officer and 
partner at HealthMark Partners in The Woodlands, 
Texas. He is married and has one child. 


Walter Murrell Walker Jr. is a retired US Army 
lieutenant colonel. He is currently a senior army 
instructor at Grant High School and Junior ROTC 
instructor at Dry Prong. He is also the head girl's 
basketball and track coach at Grant High School. 
He is married and has two sons. 

Ginger E. Gates is a senior consultant with Region 
IV Education Service Center. She was recently 
awarded the Outstanding Service to the Professor of 
School Psychology Award by the Texas association of 
school psychologists. 


Eva Margaret Lang is a chief operating officer of the 

Financial Consulting Group. She is active at Christ 

United Methodist Church and is the assistant 

Webmaster. She is married and lives in Memphis, 



Gwenda J. Thaxton Sepulvado is the child support 
administrator at the district attorney's office in Many. 
She also owns Sabine Raceway. She is married and 
has two children. 


Virginia Ann Roberson Jordan is a seventh grade 
teacher and technology coordinator at Florien High 
School. She is married to Mark Jordan C83). They 
have two children and live in Florien. 

John Mark Jordan is employed with Express 
Industries as a salesman. He is married to Virginia 
Ann Roberson Jordan ('83 ). 

Robby Medlin is a regional manager at National 
Panel Systems. He lives in Corinth, Texas with his 
wife and children. 


Glema Calhoun Brandemihl works for Henry Ford 

Health System as an ambulatory surgery nurse II. 

She lives in Flat Rock, Mich, with her husband and 



Dan Medlin is employed with Applied 
Systems as the director of recruiting. He is 
married and they live in Austin, Texas. 

Kimberly S. Berry McGuire is the program 
coordinator at Northwest Cancer Center in Houston. 
She lives in Tomball, Texas with her husband and two 

Kenneth Wayne Campbell is the music minister at 
Gonzalez Baptist Church in Cantonment, Fla. He is 
married and has three children. 


Vickie Lynn Gentiles Waters is employed by the Winn 
Parish School Board as a fourth and fifth grade 
reading and music teacher. She is married and has 
three children. 

Thelma Cook Walker is the clinical services manager 
at Animas Corporation. She is married and they have 
three children. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 12 

Class Notes/Profiles 




Tim Gene 
Ward is 
by the 
Vernon Parish 
School Board as the 
assistant business 
manager. She is 
married to Jessica 
Diaz Ward ('99) and 
they have two 
children. They 
reside in Leesville. 


David W. Clark is 
employed by the 
University of 
Florida College of 
Law in Gainesville, 
Fla. as a professor 
of law. He is 
married and has 
one child. 

Kirk Bradly Vines 
is the production 
manager at Cargill 
in Glenwood, Ark. 
He lives in 
Nashville, Ark. with 
his wife and two 

Kimberly Ann 
McKinney Willey is 
a human resource 
generalist at 
Cingular Wireless 
in New Orleans. 
She lives in LaPlace 
with her husband 
and son. 


Roland James 
LaComb is 
employed with the 
Jefferson Davis 
Parish School Board 
as a basketball 
coach at Elton High 
School. He is 
married to Amanda 
Ridley LaComb 
C92). They have 

Nicki Walker 

Class of 2000 



Upon graduation many students make plans to move home or to a bigger city to 
begin their careers. Few think they will end up halfway around the world. To her 
surprise, this is where Nicki Walker, a 2000 NSU graduate, was led. 

Walker is a journeyman, also known as a missionary, with the International Mission 
Board and was sent to Swaziland, Africa, a small kingdom surrounded by South Africa 
and Mozambique on her 23 rd birthday. Her term as a journeyman is short, only two years. 

"I think my heart for missions developed when I went to the Yucatan Peninsula 
in Mexico with the Baptist Student Union at NSU," said Walker. "On this mission trip, I 
realized there was something different about me since I didn't mind sleeping in a 
hammock, taking cold showers and not having modern day conveniences. I saw their 
simple way of life and how much they loved their Savior and their families." 

Walker traveled back to Mexico for two more mission trips. She heard of the 
journeyman program through the BSU and other NSU alumni who had served on the 

At the time, Walker volunteered at the Crisis Pregnancy Center in Natchitoches 
teaching an abstinence Joased sex education program in schools and churches. She began 
to notice that every time she turned on the radio or television, she was hearing about the 
AIDS crisis or refugees in Africa. She attended a revival service at which the pastor 
spoke on missions in Africa. Later a child at the YMCA where Walker was handed her a 
book entitled "Images of Southern Africa." 

"I was surrounded. It was obviously where the Lord wanted me," said Walker. "Of 
course, He had to work a lot on my mother to assure her I would be okay. Her first words 
when I told her I was thinking of the journeyman program were, You are not going to 
Africa or China.' Well, here I am in Southern Africa and both of my parents are so 
supportive. They are even coming to visit next year." 

Though she is working on a foreign continent, Walker is sometimes reminded of her 
life at NSU. One day she noticed a huge fence being repainted along a road that she 
travels daily. The larger posts were painted purple first. The next day the smaller posts 
were painted orange. 

"I could hardly believe my eyes," said Walker. "I laughed and laughed. I thought 'It's 
NSU, Go Demons!' It was just another way God had comforted me with a little bit of 

Walker loves seeing the excitement and joy on the faces of those who are discovering God. 

"I have seen God provide through people back home raising money for a child who 
could not go to school, sending storying scarves so that people who cannot read can have 
a picture Bible to study and praying earnestly for the Swazi people," said Walker. "I could 
go on and on with stories such as picking up children to give them a lift home leading to a 
Bible study at a church, giving a lift to another to town leading to salvation and seeing 
the magnificence of God's creation in the mountains, in a rainbow, in the bright starry 
sky and in the face of a child." Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 13 

Class Notes/ Profiles 

All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri. 

two children and live in Jennings. 

Jennifer Sue Lee Kelly is a dyslexia teacher for 
Ouachita Parish in Monroe. She is due to graduate 
with a master's degree in community counseling 
with certification in school counseling and specialist 
certification in reading in December. She lives in 
West Monroe with her two sons. 

Marcus Marion Crider is an attorney with the law 
firm of King and Ballow in Nashville, Tenn. He is 
married, has a son and is expecting a daughter. 

Wendy Michelle Luebbers Schuller is the head 
women's basketball coach at Eastern Washington 
University in Cheny, Wash. She lives in Spokane, 
Wash, with her husband and son. 

Kari Alison Belvin is a budget analyst for 
the Louisiana Senate. She is married and 
resides in Baton Rouge. 

Jessica Thomley Bellina is a stay-at-home mom. 
She and her family were recently transferred from 
Lake Charles to Brights Grove, Ontario for a 
temporary job assignment. 


Michael Thorn received a MBA from Tulane 
University's A. B. Freeman School of Business in 
December 2001. 

Robin Edward Freeman works for Tembec in St. 
Francisville. He lives in Jonesville with his wife. 

Margaret Martin Muse is a fourth grade teacher at 
Dodson High School. She lives in Winnfield. 

Lauren Landry Vaughn works as a sales 
manager for Contractors Source Inc. in 
Baton Rouge. She is also involved in 
Associated General Contractors of 
Louisiana. Lauren lives in Prairieville with 
her husband. 


Charidy Dawn Williamson Melder is the 
youth programs coordinator at Central 
Louisiana Area Health Education Center in 
Alexandria. She is married to Christopher 
Melder C96) and they have one child. 

Shannon Youngblood Cox is employed with the 
Caddo Parish School Board as a special education 
nurse. She is married and has two daughters. 

Debi Cost is an industry relations manager 
at Adams Project Management in Los 
Angeles. She lives in Manhattan Beach, 


Lisa Martin Pickering is the financial aid coordinator 
for the college of nursing at NSU-Shreveport. She is 
married to Paul D. Pickering C95) and has one 


Jason Daniel Waters is employed with WPS Industries 

as an electrician. He is married and has one child. 

Shannon Kathleen Collins is a reservist at BAFB 
where she works on The Observer, The Gator Gazette 
and the Reserve Command Citizen Airman Video as a 

Bryan Kevin Box is a financial advisor for Merrill 
Lynch. He lives in Montgomery, Texas with his wife 
and daughter. 

Jeffrey Todd Cryer is the branch manager for 
Enterprise in Marshall, Texas. He is married to 
Emily Wise Cryer ('99). She is a fourth grade teacher 
at Summerfield Elementary School in Shreveport. 
They live in Bossier City. 

Kristin Kendrick Gilbert Gordon is the KCCU 
Production director at Cameron University in Lawton, 
Okla. She is married to Shaun Michael Gordon COO). 


Stephen Fleury is a controller at Turning Point 

Solutions Group, Inc. He is married and resides in 


Barbara Darlene Sepulvado is a registered 
representative for New York Life in Many. She lives in 
Noble with her husband and three children. 

Jamie Marie Harris Cochran is a certified athletic 
trainer at Christus Louisiana Sport Medicine. She is 
married and lives in Pineville. They have one son. 

Angela Robinson Ross is working at Valencia 
Community College as an assessment specialist. She 
is married and lives in Orlando, Fla. 

Michael Cervantes is the food service director for the 
University of the Ozarks. He is married and they live 
in Clarksville, Ark. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 14 

Class Notes/ Profiles. 


Paul Andrew 
Martin is currently 
working for Goody 
Products in 
Columbus, Ga. as 
an inventory 
control supervisor. 
He is married and 
has one child. 

Allen Eubanks is 
the head coach of 
the Oak Ridge 
Juniors and the 
boat house manager 
of the Oak Rowing 
Association. He 
resides in Oak 
Ridge, Tenn. 

Eric Jason Dutile is 
a claims 

representative at 
State Farm. He is 
married to Tatum 
Lyles Dutile ('99) 
and they live in 

Derek Donnavon 
Mackey is currently 
attending graduate 
school He is 
married and lives 
in Fort Worth, 




Paul Wise 

is a history 



volleyball coach and 

assistant baseball 

coach at H. Grady 

Spruce High School 

in Dallas. He has 

two daughters. 


Suzi Lee Krucenski 
is an accountant at 
Apache Corporation 
in Houston. 

Grover Davis 

Class of 1976 

After a year in his current position, Grover Davis is starting to settle in but he never 
wants to get comfortable. Davis, a 1976 graduate in business, is president and CEO 
of Crawford & Company in Atlanta. 

Crawford & Company is the world's largest independent provider of diversified services 
to insurance companies, self-insured corporations and governmental entities. Crawford 
has 10,000 employees and more than 700 offices in 65 countries. 

Davis joined Crawford & Company as an insurance adjuster in May, 1976, the Monday 
after he received his degree from NSU. 

"I wish I had an impressive story to tell you, but a big factor in taking a job with them 
was that they had a company car program," said Davis from his Atlanta office. "I really 
didn't have a clue what an insurance adjuster did." 

Davis obviously learned what he had to do quickly. Over 20 years, he moved up in the 
company and was named national sales manger for claims services in 1996, then senior 
vice president and managing director the next year. He was named president and chief 
operating officer in 1999 and earned his current position in April, 2001. 

"I really don't know how anyone can prepare for the role of CEO," said Davis. "The 
experience you garner certainly has an effect on how well you do. It's something unlike 
anything I have ever done before. You go from having responsibility from a restricted area 
to responsibility for the entire area. It kind of hits you in the face." 

Crawford & Company was founded in the 1940's and has grown tenfold since Davis 
joined the company, bringing in annual revenues of $750 million. 

"One of the major responsibilities I have is to the people within the organization, over 
10,000 of them," said Davis. "I have to keep this a viable, profitable growing organization 
for the welfare of the people who work here." 

Davis admits that one of his challenges is to prioritize his work. 

"There are so many things to do and not enough time to get them done," he said. "This 
is one of the most rewarding and satisfying jobs I've had. I don't know where the time 
goes. At the end of the day, I am tired, but it is a good kind of tired." 

The challenges of continuing to grow the company are such that Davis can never allow 
himself to feel comfortable. 

"If I ever get comfortable, they need to get someone else." 

Davis finished his degree at Northwestern after serving in the Air Force. He began 
taking classes at England Air Force Base then commuted from Alexandria to 
Natchitoches over his final two years. 

"One thing I missed out on is the camaraderie because I drove up for classes, went 
home, went to work and drove back the next day," said Davis. "My wife Brenda got her 
teaching degree at Northwestern and through her I saw the joy of being a student at 

The faculty at Northwestern immediately impressed him with their willingness to 
work with students. The involvement of faculty with students was a major reason his 
nephew Jacob chose to attend NSU. Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2002 / 15 

Class Notes/Profiles 

All photographs appearing in class notes were taken from the senior section of their respective yearbook, the Potpourri. 

Stephen R. Couvillion Jr. is employed by Our Lady of 
the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge as a physical 
therapist. He is married to Ginger Cox Couvillion 

Gylles Maree Landry is an admissions counselor and 
recruiter at NSU. 

Jessica R. Diaz Ward is a registered nurse at Bayne 
Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk. She 
is married to Tim Ward C90). They have two 
children and live in Leesville. 

Erica Tatum Lyles Dutile is employed by the state of 
Louisiana. She is married to Eric Dutile ('97) and 
lives in Alexandria. 

Jennifer Ann McCrory Fontenot is a registered nurse 
at Lompoc District Hospital in Lompoc, Calif. She is 
married and resides at Vandenberg AFB. 


Brandon Wesley Melder is a sales representative at 
Lashley Supply Inc. and a deputy at the Rapides 
Sheriff Office. He is married and lives in Alexandria. 

Jennifer Taylor-Tenae Pilcher Curtis is employed 
with Christus Schumpert Medical Center in 
Shreveport as an exercise specialist and personal 
trainer. She is married and lives in Stonewall. 

Laura Christine Bucker Lewis works 
at Brammer Engineering, Inc. as a 
joint interest billing analyst. She is 
married and lives in Haughton. 

Stephen Taylor Stroud is a history 
teacher and coach at Mansfield High School. He is 
married to Shelly Baswell Stroud COD and they have 
one son. They reside in Elm Grove. 

Sharona F. Griffin Jurek is a first grade teacher at 
Winnfield Primary School. She is married and has 
two children. 

Shaun Michael Gordon is a second lieutenant in the 
Army, stationed at Fort Sill as a finance officer. He 
is married to Kristin K. Gilbert Gordon C96) and they 
live in Lawton, Okla. 

Harvey Dee Mclntyre IV is the assistant baseball 
coach at Blinn Jr. College in Brenham, Texas. 


Edwin Lagarde is employed in the financial aid office 

at NSU as a counselor. 

Nicole Leanne Ponthieux is a claims representative at 
the social security office in Leesville. 

Wendy Sue Panchalk Phillips is employed with 
Southwest Airlines as a flight attendant. She is lives 
in Ft. Bliss with her husband and two children. 

Ken "Todd" DeMoss is employed by Mann, Frankfort, 
Stein & Lipp, Advisors in Houston. He is married and 
lives in Houston. 

Brad Allen Skinner is employed by Leander 
Independent School District as a teacher and coach. 
He is married to Hayley Remedies Skinner C01) and 
they live in Cedar Park, Texas. 

Ashley Marie Smitherman Hatcher is working at 
BroMenn Healthcare as a RN in labor and delivery. 
She is married and lives in Normal, 111. 

In Memory 

'20 Mae Pitchford Courtney, Bossier City, 

'24 Helen Singleton, Kentwood, 

'32 Opal Jacobs, New Orleans, January, 17, 2001 

'33 Mary Dorothy Berry, Minden, October 4, 2001 

'36 Nadine Foster, Baton Rouge, February, 2001 

'36 Woodrow Wilson Turner, Shreveport, February 6, 2002 

'39 Ms. Jo Alice McKinney Ballard, Marshall, Texas, 

September 5, 2001 
'41 Mrs. Joyce F. Caillet, Whitecastle, January 10, 2002 
'42 Mr. John Lowrey, Shreveport, June 23, 2001 
'42 Gus Malcolm Boucher, Mansfield, June 20, 2001 
'43 Mrs. Verdie G. Couvillion, Simmesport, November 

17, 2001 
'43 Mr. Don Plunkett, August 6, 2001 
'45 Mrs. John M. Wellheuser, Sherman, Texas 
'50 Parks William "Bill" Sansing, Forest Hill, 

December 24, 2001 
'51 Dr. Allen R. "Buddy" Bonnette, January 4, 2002 
'51 Marjorie Pennington Rambin, Monroe, November 

14, 2001 
Vera Ortolon Barnhart, Shreveport, January 15, 2002 
Ms. Johnnie Fore, July 21, 2001 

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